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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English biforhand, biforhond, beforehonde, bifornhand, equivalent to before +‎ hand.

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beforehand (not comparable)

  1. At an earlier or preceding time.
    Will it be possible to have access to the room beforehand so that we can set up chairs?

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beforehand (comparative more beforehand, superlative most beforehand)

  1. (obsolete) In comfortable circumstances as regards property; forehanded.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      rich and much beforehand
  2. (archaic, often followed by with) In a state of anticipation or preoccupation.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Milton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Agricola [] resolves to be beforehand with the danger.
    • (Can we date this quote by Addison and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The last cited author has been beforehand with me.
    • 1839, London Medical Gazette: Or, Journal of Practical Medicine
      [] the medical attendant ought to be rather beforehand with the symptoms of excitement, and to diminish the large quantity of wine before they appear.

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